Medical marijuana

Medical marijuana continues to be a trending health topic, particularly with its increasing use among older adults. The regulations on access to cannabis for medical purposes were first established by the Government of Canada in 2001. Today, researchers continue to explore the use of cannabis as an alternative remedy for many health problems that are common with age, including chronic pain, depression and sleep disorders. While more evidence is urgently needed, emerging research hints at marijuana’s potential to reduce and possibly replace some pharmaceutical-based medications that many seniors are taking. Drug safety continues to be a priority in supporting our aging population, and many older adults are intrigued by alternative approaches to health care. Demystifying medical marijuana is the first step in evaluating its role as a medical treatment and whether it’s right for you. Read our resources below.

Featured Resources

1. Blog Post: Weeding out the truth: Cannabis-based medications for cancer patients

2. Web Resource Rating: How effective is medical marijuana

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4. Evidence Summary: Cannabinoids for nausea and vomiting in adults with cancer receiving chemotherapy

5. Evidence Summary: Cannabinoids for fibromyalgia

6. Evidence Summary: Psychosocial interventions for cannabis use disorder

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